Everyone read books in Claremont or so it seemed, as the locale was such a literate place.
In 1961-1962, Mimi's new boyfriend Richard Farina recommended I read a thing by Orwell as he'd liked it, and I went off in immediate search of the book .... which because Claremont was a literate place and had at least five little bookstores (not counting the ones at the colleges), was easy to find. Not so easy now for you, so here is a link to the complete book online that you can read if you want.
Down and Out in Paris and London
I met up with them maybe at the Chase's house, I can't remember where exactly or who pointed me there or why, but they were hanging out together in the back room of a house, more like a summer room with high narrow windows. There was a nice wooden bedstand by the brass bed, gauzy material used to cover the top of the nightstand, and a big thick book atop that. Maybe Richard was renting that room and Mimi went up to visit him there, or just kind of moved in with him?
Richard wrote a book about himself which echoed the Orwell title (Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me), and I later read that as I knew him once. Mimi hung with the art and music people in Claremont and we shared mutual friends, good friends because we were good people. Mimi, such a bright spirit, everyone loved her!